“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you” (John 15:12-14, NRSV.)
CALL TO WORSHIP
One: Happy are those whose delight is in the law of the Lord.
MANY: They meditate on it day and night.
One: They are like trees planted by streams of water,
MANY: which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither.
One: In all they do, they prosper
MANY: Let us worship our God together.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Rescuing God, you brought us out of the land of captivity, out of the house of slavery. Forgive us when we willingly return to the old chains, making divine the machine of production, crafting idols from the excess of consumption. Forgive us when we consider ourselves so grand that we do not rest and enjoy your presence, defining ourselves by our ability rather than your love. Forgive us when we esteem ourselves so little that we dare not rest and sit with ourselves, exposed, without the cloak of productivity. Forgive us when we deem ourselves so central that we do not rest. Forgive us through Christ, who redeems us from the brokenness of slavery that we might enjoy your presence, creation, and community. (Silent Confession)